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King's Head Hotel


  The Kings Head Hotel adjoined the Cinque Ports Arms on the left - the section of wall in the picture is all that remains.

10 Clarence Place (King's Head Street and Crane Street)

A free house, fully licensed, which stood on the corner latterly with Lord Warden Square. Its origin lay early in the seventeenth century. The owners show on maps of 1624 as William and Ann Bradshaw.

Only six stage coaches ran in England in 1672. The terminus for the Dover run being the "White Hart", in the London borough of Southwark. (That sign associated with the badge of Richard II but the building itself taken down in 1889).

It can be said that coaches left this hotel in 1819, at six and eleven a.m. and four thirty p.m. for the "Golden Cross" at Charing Cross; the "Black Bear" in Piccadilly; the "Spread Eagle" in Gracechurch Street and "Blossom's Inn", Lawrence Lane. London.' All made the return journey the same day.

This sold for £3,775 in 1876 and again in 1932 it was on offer but did not reach the reserve price. By 1934 it belonged to Hays Wharf and following extensive alterations it was renamed Ferry House, being then the accommodation of the Continental Express Company who moved here from Northumberland House in Strond Street.

For better or for worse, a new god called the juggernaut appeared in the six­ties and no person or building was allowed to stand in its way or hinder the new religion. Continental Express were obliged to leave the premises in July 1968, the only cafe in the area was unceremoniously shut down and the demolition of the building commenced in-March 1970. The ground thus gained was then used for the parking of private cars and the formation of a private road.  (Smith, 1991)